O, Allah! Make useful for me what You taught me and teach me knowledge
that will be useful to me.
Word to word translation read from right to left
|and||you taught me||with what||Benefit me||O Allah|
|increase me||and||(It will) benefit me||what||teach me|
In this Dua, we are asking Allah (swt) for four things:-
- Beneficial knowledge
- Past knowledge
- Present knowledge
- Increase in knowledge
To benefit us with what we have learned in the past and knowledge we are learning in the present, and to also increase us in knowledge.
We are asking Allah (swt) to benefit us from past and present knowledge. Whatever he has taught us so far and whatever education we have all done in the past, and what we will learn in the future. This includes all life experiences, not just academic knowledge.
As daughters, mothers, teachers students everything in your life teaches you something, so ask Allah (swt) to benefit you with all of these experiences and everything you have learned so far.
Everything in your life teaches you something, there are always lessons to be learned from life experiences, so we ask Allah (swt) to also let us benefit from these life experiences and for us to be able to use them in a way that Allah will be pleased with and for it to benefit us in the hereafter, not just in the Dunya.
Not everything that we learn will get used or applied at that time. Knowledge is like a treasure chest that we can go to and draw from when we need it and apply it to certain situations when needed.
I have an A Level in Accounts, but I did not become an Accountant, but whenever I need those skills I draw from it and use them when doing my tax returns, or helping with our charities books. But sometimes we have this treasure of knowledge and we are too lazy to use it or share it.
We should apply our knowledge with determination when needed, especially if you have the skills to do so.
This Dua can apply to situations i.e when you have practised your word-for-word translation over and over but when you get to class and it's your turn to read its gone. Make this Dua so that it will benefit you at the time when you need it.
So let's pray to Allah that he gives us the ability to benefit from what we are learning and that he teaches us only that which will be of benefit, we don’t want information overload. We don't want information for the sake of collecting information. We are not collectors of information but implementers of information, be implementers of knowledge.
Jamila Jones study notes
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